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S. 1934 (115th): Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and Protection Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 18, 2018 (Reported by Senate Committee).


II

Calendar No. 576

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 1934

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 5, 2017

(for himself and Ms. Murkowski) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

September 18, 2018

Reported by , with an amendment

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

A BILL

To prevent catastrophic failure or shutdown of remote diesel power engines due to emission control devices, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and Protection Act.

2.

Revision of regulations required

(a)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall revise section 60.4216(c) of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act), by striking , except that for 2014 model year and all that follows through compared to engine-out emissions.

(b)

Electricity and energy reliability

A revision of section 60.4216 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, may require the installation of emission control devices only if, after consultation with the Secretary of Energy, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency determines that such a requirement will not negatively affect electricity or energy reliability in any remote area of the State of Alaska.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and Protection Act.

2.

Revision of regulations required

(a)

In general

The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall revise section 60.4216(c) of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act), by striking that was not certified and all that follows through compared to engine-out emissions and inserting must have that engine certified as meeting at least Tier 3 PM standards.

(b)

Emissions and energy reliability study

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, shall submit to the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report assessing options for the Federal Government to assist remote areas in the State of Alaska in meeting the energy needs of those areas in an affordable and reliable manner using—

(1)

existing emissions control technology; or

(2)

other technology that achieves emissions reductions similar to the technology described in paragraph (1).

September 18, 2018

Reported with an amendment